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Three-Lakes Trail (route No. 71)

"This beautiful hike links Yverdon-les-Bains to Murten over three days, passing through Estavayer-le-Lac and Portalban. About 60 kilometres (38 miles) with no major difficulties, just the chance to be carried away by the poetic beauty of the lake shores. You can begin the route almost anywhere, taking in a stage by itself or combining the hike with a boat trip. The route is very well signposted and makes the most of the lake shores. Apart from Mont-Vully, most of the walk is on the shores, among alluvial forests, reed belts and fine sandy beaches."


The full route comprises 3 stages between Yverdon-les-Bains  and Murten. 

Section 1: Yverdon-les-Bains - Estavayer-le-Lac
Duration of section: 5 hrs 55 min.
Distance: 23 km (14 miles)
Gradient: 380 m

Section 2: Estavayer-le-Lac - Portalban
Duration of section: 3 hrs 15 min.
Distance: 13 km (8 miles)
Gradient: 120 m

Section 3: Portalban - Murten
Duration of section: 6 hrs. 40 min.
Distance: 26 km (16 miles)
Gradient: 440 m

Technically easy
Physically moderate

Good to know

  • The route is made up of three stages, which are also suitable for one-day trips.
  • To shorten a hike, it is possible to take the boat.
  • The educational trails of the Grande Cariçaie explain the natural wealth of the environment on the way.


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Three-Lakes Trail (route No. 71)

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